SPACEBEL Contributing to Iris Air Traffic Management for Safer Skies

While the number of yearly controlled flights has been increasing constantly, Europe’s air traffic management has not evolved as quickly. Aircraft – ground control communications are still mainly based on technologies developed in the 1950s and 1980s.

ESA’s Iris initiative aims at supplying a satellite-based communication system conforming to aviation requirements. The solution will improve passengers’ safety and benefit the European economy. It is implemented in close collaboration with the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Programme launched in 2006 by Eurocontrol and the European Community.

SPACEBEL contributes to the system design phase of Iris and is more specifically in charge of delivering the on-board emulator. This element is part of the verification testbed that will be used to validate a new satellite communication standard under the leadership of Thales Alenia Space.

SPACEBEL is proud to be part of this innovative project as it opens the opportunity to extend our range of critical software activities to the field of air traffic management.

Published April 4th, 2013